The Wolf Of Wall Street.

by Patrick Liew on February 4, 2014

I watched the movie, “The Wolf Of Wall Street” last night.

I have to say, despite the portrayal of the worst of human instincts, the movie showed Hollywood at its best.

Despite being a long movie, all 180 minutes of the story was fast-moving, full of suspense, and absolutely thrilling.

However, I came out of the movie feeling sad for Jordan Belfort. The writers crafted the movie script based on his life story.

Without stealing the thunder, in a nutshell, the story was about how Jordan conned, scammed, cheated, and did everything possible to rip off his customers.

He sold worthless penny stocks and in the process, he made millions of dollars.  He blew them on drugs, parties, fast cars, dwarf-throwing contests, and every decadent vice you can imagine.

Towards the end of the movie, he went to prison and came out of it, a different man.

Piers Morgan, a journalist who interviewed him said, “I liked the real Wolf of Wall Street. It takes courage to change for the better.”

Leonardo DiCaprio who acted as Jordan was impressed with his changed ways.

He was quoted to have said, “Jordan stands as a shining example of the transformative qualities of ambition and hard work. And in that regard, he is a true motivator.”

While I’m happy that he has changed his life, I also felt sad for Jordan for wasting a large part of his life.

I also felt sad for the many people who have lost their hard-earned money because of his scams.

Jordan was clearly a man of immense talents.

Many experts have said that he would have become super rich even if he had stayed on the straight and narrow path. Such was the gift that he had in trading of financial products.

After his imprisonment, my company organized some seminars for him in different parts of the world.

During the seminar, he confessed his wayward ways and expressed his remorse and regret over them.

He went on to share some positively-motivational lessons he has garnered during his time behind prison cells.

During an interview, he said, “‘…it’s very easy to start rationalising what you’re doing, one step at a time.

“And that rationalisation allows you to cross a line, then pull back, doing things right again… but your line of morality has moved, so next time, you cross it a bit further, then further again.

‘We didn’t lose our souls at once, it’s a little bit there, a little push here. I became about as awful a person as I was capable of being.”

That’s what the path of failure and destruction is strewn with – small little errors and mistakes that snowball over time.

The conscience eventually becomes numbed to negative thought, behaviour and action.

These actions are hard wired into the mind and they become a habitual way of life.

Fortunately, there’s always a right path to turn back to, a better way to live life.

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